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Younger Travelers To Lead The Travel Resurgence

A new report from a leading travel insurance provider shows that Millennials and Gen Z travelers are showing more interest in travel insurance than ever before. Covid-19 has changed almost every aspect of the travel industry, leading to a significant shift in who is traveling amid the pandemic and buying travel insurance.

Squaremouth.com hosts the largest number of travel insurance providers and policies that offer coverage related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Squaremouth Analytics has compared thousands of travel insurance policies purchased pre-and-post-pandemic to identify changes and trends in travel insurance, revealing how both consumers and travel insurance providers are responding to the impact of Covid-19. The key trends are:

Younger travelers are most comfortable traveling amid the pandemic

  • Millennials and Gen Z travelers account for more than 40% of travel insurance policy purchases through Squaremouth.com in 2021, compared to under 30% in 2020 
  • Just 24% of travelers this year are Baby Boomers, compared to 40% in 2020

Traveler Share by Generation

Generation% of Travelers 2021% of Travelers 2020
Gen Alpha (born 2013 or later)5%3%
Gen Z (born 1997 through 2012)18%12%
Millennial (born 1981 through 1996)23%18%
Gen X (born 1965 through 1980)27%20%
Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964)24%40%
Silent (born 1945 or before)3%7%

Most Travelers are Spending Less on Trips

  • The average trip cost in 2021 is down to $3,951, a 6% drop from the same period in 2020, partially due to travelers taking shorter trips in 2021 
  • Travelers in the Gen Z, Millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer demographics are all spending less on trips this year compared to last year

Average Trip Cost per Traveler by Generation

GenerationAverage Trip Cost Per Traveler 2021Average Trip Cost Per Traveler 2020
Gen Alpha (born 2013 or later)$1,167$999
Gen Z (born 1997 through 2012)$1,521$1,695
Millennial (born 1981 through 1996)$1,561$1,637
Gen X (born 1965 through 1980)$1,759$1,914
Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964)$2,469$2,740
Silent (born 1945 or before)$3,218$2,892

“Overall, we’ve seen an uptick in travel across all age groups since the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine,” says Squaremouth Lead Data Analyst, Steven Benna. “Although older travelers are showing that they are more willing to travel than they were a few months ago, younger travelers are still the most comfortable taking trips right now.”